There were 74 species were recorded overall in 2012.
“This year, we are expecting high numbers of common redpolls, a northern finch that tends to invade New Hampshire every other winter,” said Dr. Pamela Hunt, senior biologist at NH Audubon.
Hunt also suggests people watch for pine grosbeaks, another periodic winter visitor that feeds on fruit and has been reported in many areas of the state this fall and early winter.
Reports of a lack of birds are just as valuable as reports of many birds.
“If everyone reported only when they have a lot of birds, we wouldn’t be able to see the declines,” Suomala said. "The most important thing is to participate each year, regardless of how many or how few birds you have. This provides a consistent long-term set of data that shows both the ups and downs."
All New Hampshire residents are encouraged to take part. Results from past years are on the NH Audubon website. For more information about the Backyard Winter Bird Survey, call NH Audubon at 224-9909 or visit nhaudubon.org and click on Birding.
There are two bird surveys in February. NH Audubon’s Backyard Winter Bird Survey that takes place in New Hampshire only, and the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nationwide web-based survey Feb. 17-20, birdcount.org.